How to Remove Rust Stains From Tub

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Although this is not our area of expertise, we thought we'd pass on this information that was tested by our employees. They are always talking about their own home repairs and we thought this was an interesting topic and solution.

Rust in the bathroom is usually the result of two related situations. Either iron-containing metals in your bathroom fixtures have begun to rust OR your mineral-rich water supply contains iron particles and has begun to stain areas where water runs. This happens even with a porcelain tub as two of our employees found out.

Bleach and Tilex made the rust stains worse and they sparked another chemical reaction, creating more rust stains on the non-skid surface on the tub floor. Other products that either made things worse or didn't work at all: Lysol, toilet bowl cleansers, Soft Scrub, Goof Off, Awesome, Comet, Simple Green, Mean Green, Magic Eraser and CLR,

However, we found 2 things that really worked: Clorox2 and Hydrogen Peroxide. The Clorox2 worked best and required less scrubbing. Just pour either product on the stain and let it sit. Then scour gently with a damp sponge and rinse. If the stains are really bad you may have to repeat the process twice.

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  • Judy
    Judy Newland, NC
    Whink is a super cleaner for bathtubs. We used it in homes cleaned for senior citizens. So I used it many times and it's relatively inexpensive too. You can purchase it in some grocery stores. It's in a small brown squirt bottle
    • JudyLaskewitz
      JudyLaskewitz Austin, MN
      Lyn Therese Oh yes, it will. Unless rust has etched your porcelain. I've used Whink in the brown bottle for 20 years BUT you have to keep ahead of the rust and don't let it get so bad it cuts into porcelain.
  • Lucyfly9
    lucyfly9 Seattle, WA
    CLR
  • User
    Touch on the blue dots "..." And the answer comes up hydrogen peroxide or clorox2 were the ones that worked! They do say what not to try as it made it worse!
  • Ricardo Martinez Ramos
    Ricardo Martinez Ramos United Kingdom
    Vinegar works every time for me. even better combined with any limescale toilet cleaner like harpic (the blue sticky stuff you pour down your bowl) on a proportion of 6:1.
  • Fleming-Thomas Glenda
    Fleming-Thomas Glenda Arlington, TX
    Hydrogen peroxide
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